Ivan Allen Jr. Reference Department

Location: 2nd Floor
Phone: 404.730.1900alt


About the Department
U.S. Government Depository
Directory Collection
Newspapers and Magazines
Interlibrary Loan Service
Foundation Collection
Reference Line and Virtual Reference Service

 About the Department
The Ivan Allen Jr. Department contains a broad range of reference materials in all subject areas (for in-house use only). Computer terminals dedicated to library catalog searches and online database searches are available.

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 U.S. Government Depository
Since 1880, the department has been a selective federal depository for documents published by the United States Government Printing Office. Currently, 45% of the items available from the Federal Government are selected by the Atlanta-Fulton Public Libraryfederal_depository_image System. These materials include census statistics from 1790 to the present, Congressional reports and documents, United States Statutes at Large and United States Reports. The department has a complete run of the Federal Register and the Congressional Record and the current year of the Code of Federal Regulations and United States Code.

Increasingly, government documents are being made available online, and library users can view them from public access terminals in the Ivan Allen, Jr. Reference Department. For links to key Federal Government websites, please visit U.S. Government Information.

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 Directory Collection
A collection of directories of all kinds - advertising, financial institutions, retailers, trade associations, even campgrounds. We also keep the current Haines Criss-Cross Directory. Some of our directories are available as online databases available through Galileo.

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 Newspapers and Magazines
See our Newspapers and Periodicals Holdings and our Government Periodicals Holdings. Please call the Central Library at (404) 730-1900alt to verify that the magazine/periodical/journal you are looking for is currently available before coming to the library.

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 Reference Line and Virtual Reference
Contact us by Email, Phone, or Fax
The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library's Reference Line is designed for users who cannot come to the library in person. Call or email us whenever you need any kind of factual information that can be found in readily available sources. In most cases, our ability to satisfy a request will depend both on the complexity of the question and on the time needed to answer it--we attempt to limit each transaction to a duration of 5-7 minutes. If your question requires more involved attention or expertise than we can provide, you will be provided with an appropriate referral or invited to visit your local library for staff assistance or access to a computer.

 Virtual Reference: You can get live online help from a librarian by clicking the "Ask A Librarian!".

Remember: the Library's website (www.afpls.org) offers links to many research databases and other online resources (see Electronic Resources below)-please take advantage of this wealth of valuable information.

 What Kinds of Questions Do We Answer?

All questions consistent with our scope of service are welcomed via telephone, e-mail, or fax. In general, with a few exceptions, you can ask us any type of question that doesn't require extensive research.

Obituary Searching: provided on a limited basis by Reference Line (404.730.4636alt)-and by our Special Collections Department (Fifth Floor, Genealogy & Georgia History, 404.730.1896alt).

Electronic Resources: In addition to GALILEO (www.galileo.usg.edu), Georgia's statewide electronic research portal, the Library subscribes to premier database services in all subject areas. You can find a list of these resources on the AFPL Web page at this address: http://www.afpls.org/eresources.

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 Contact Us

 By E-mail
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Please provide all background information on the question; how you wish to be contacted; complete name and contact information. Please state where you are e-mailing from and include a phone number in case we need to clarify your request. Reference Line will attempt to respond within 48 hours.

 By phone
By phone during Central Library business hours: 404.730.4636alt
Call above number when Central Library is open. (All times are Eastern Time).

By fax
Please provide all background information on the question. Reference Line will attempt to respond within 48 hours.

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